*blinks* Person on bird site mentioned a friend telling about taking a published D&D module and doing nothing more than flip the gender of the NPCs. Their players soon became convinced the land was in the midst of a massive conspiracy because how else could the utter lack of male citizens be explained.
@LilFluff Yeah, I remember an author saying that they wrote something on the basis of "any mentioned character is female, unless there's a good reason for it (such as making a scene easier to read because of different pronouns)", and beta-readers thought the setting was a matriarchal dystopia just because of that.
@skysailor @LilFluff I'm running a fantasy-Norse game on Sundays and have been making a concerted attempt to make gender egalitarian.
e.g. I try to make sure about half the names are female, including the Jarls. One of the Jarls is in fact quite interested in making the party cleric her second husband.
And since I noticed I didn't include a link, https://mobile.twitter.com/jeannette_ng/status/1016654061138038784
@LilFluff this......... I play RPGs and I write RPGs and I'm like the cissest cis woman to ever cis (although not terfy and I make all my pregens have an initial and surname and people can choose any gender but like yay I love being a woman and support woman and) and YET I will still get notes back from my publisher like "this scenario has literally one woman in it what the heck" because my brain is still wired to see gender balances all hecked up.
@LilFluff I saw that! I do wonder if that is an older adventure, as I know WotC and Pazio now have policies for more gender equality in their work?
Heck. WotC has a published policy of one or more non-straight characters in every adventure. (The first two where based on the guy implementing the policy and his husband, which is adorable and makes me happy)